Discover the spirit and adventure of the Old Spanish Trail National Historic Trail, America’s first overland trading route between New Mexico and Los Angeles. Learn about the lives of famous travelers like Kit Carson, Antonio Armijo, Chief Walkara, and John C. Fremont; how they survived the trail’s daunting rivers, canyons, deserts and mountains.

Attendees will experience an 1800’s Living history encampment, mule packing & weaponry demonstrations, history presentations, Navajo Churro Sheep enclosure, and even desert animals. The day’s entertainment will include a Mariachi band, bluegrass music, folkloric dance, kids art projects, quick draw prizes & more, as well as Viola Basulto’s famous Cocina de Movida homemade New Mexican cooking.

Also take part in the Old Spanish Trail “Fun-Run” along the Desert Discovery Center Trail, sponsored by the Barstow Fire Dept.

Saturday, October 1 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Desert Discovery Center, 831 Barstow Rd., Barstow, CA 92311

Open to the public.

Contact: Jane Laraman-Brockhurst, Desert Discover Center – (760) 252-6060 –

Sponsored by the Desert Discovery Center Partnership, Rose Foundation & Old Spanish Trails Association Mojave River Chapter.

A portion of the Old Spanish Trail is now protected within the Mojave Trails National Monument. This event is featured as part of a series of California Desert Centennial Celebrations, honoring 100 years of the National Park Service, and raising awareness for the next 100 years of all of our public lands. For more events visit